These heartbreaking images of a young boy lying face down in the sand on a Turkish beach have sparked fresh debate over Europe’s approach to the crisis in Syria.
The child, who is believed to be Syrian, appears to have drowned when attempting to flee the war in his country.
The images have caused a large outpouring of emotion online, with many criticising European leaders who are accused of trying to prevent refugees settling on the continent despite the desperate situation some of the people are in.
The boy in the image is not alone. He is one of 12 Syrian refugees thought to have died from drowning when trying to cross the Mediterranean on two boats headed for the Greek island of Kos. The boats were trying to cross the 5km straight from Akyarlar to Kos, a route that represents their best chance of entering the EU.
The dead are among the 2,500 people who have already lost their lives this year while fleeing trying to reach Europe by sea.
These events will increase the pressure on Prime Minister David Cameron to take action. Cameron, who was previously criticised for referring to the refugees coming to the UK as a ‘swarm’, had earlier insisted taking in more refugees would not solve the crisis.
“We have taken a number of genuine asylum seekers from Syrian refugee camps and we keep that under review, but we think the most important thing is to try to bring peace and stability to that part of the world. I don’t think there is an answer that can be achieved simply by taking more and more refugees.”
Opposition parties are now asking the PM to take action, with Shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper insisting that the government cannot turning its back on what is happening. She suggested the UK should take in 10,000 extra refugees.
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